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Two J's Homicide, New Developments

This week some remarkable developments in a story that sparked a mother's fury. A local bar that's become a focal point for police attention--closed. This after the homicide of a young Utica man is the tipping point that results in action.
This week some remarkable developments in a story that sparked a mother's fury. A local bar that's become a focal point for police attention--closed. This after the homicide of a young Utica man is the tipping point that results in action. January 18th, 23-year-old Andre Oliver-Kenney shot and killed in Two J'S Bar parking lot. "They killed my baby and they left him out there to die," said Dawn Kenney-Brown. This--the second homicide to happen at the bar, along with a slew of other police reports including fighting and shots fired. "I think it's fairly well documented that there's been issues there over the years," said Sgt. Steve Hauck of the UPD. With now witnesses coming forward to police, the victim's mother asks to speak with the mayor--he declines. "I don't want to interfere on an investigation at this time," said Mayor Robert Palmieri. But the next day he changes his mind, and attends Andre's wake. "This is a mother's worst nightmare to have to bury your child," said Kenney-Brown. City nuisance abatement officials send Two J's bar a warning. "The police try to deter individuals from becoming repeat offenders, the nuisance abatement laws try to keep properties from becoming repeat offenders," said Joan Harris, Corporation Counsel. A "For Sale" sign goes up on Two J's--the owner telling Eyewitness News that violence is the real problem and his bar is just taking the blame. Ten days after the homicide, the State Liquor Authority files an emergency suspension--charging the bar with four violations. "No body else will be able to get hurt there so I'm thankful about that, I'm just thankful that the state stepped in," said Kenney-Brown. Among those violations, inadequate supervision, as police reported the bar had no security on duty to handle the crowd on the night of the homicide. The immediate future of the Two J's Bar building is uncertain, but it is for sale. No arrests have been made in death of Andre Oliver-Kenney.

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